Why I Love Being a Dad #245

February 26, 2003 – 4:09 pm by Aaron

Liam is feeling much better. He’s so awesome I can’t even tell you how much I love being a dad. Just the way he reacts to me when I walk in the door is so incredible. I look forward to it all day long. I walk in and say, “Hey there buddy! Hi Mr. Handsome!” And he just beams and smiles and starts bouncing like a maniac if he’s in the bouncer.

Lately I’ve been doing this thing where I put my head in his lap with my ear up and he just lets his head fall on mine, his mouth covering my ear, and he just starts gnawing on it. It’s soooo funny. I mean, it’s not tentative at all the way he goes after it, it’s more like a pounce.

Another thing I’ve been doing is banging my head on his bouncer while he’s sitting in it and he just busts up laughing. I should get that on video before it gets old and isn’t funny to him anymore.

He’s not crawling yet, but he wants to. We’ve been putting him on his tummy a lot more often. He wants to crawl; you can see that he does. He gets up on his knees a bit and tries to reach the toy I’ve placed just out of his reach, but then he falls back onto his tummy and just flails his limbs wildly until I break down and give him the toy, usually Mr. Moo Cow.

He’s had this thing lately about eating hair. Well, not really eating it, but grabbing fists full of it and putting it in his mouth. He’s not too gentle about it either. He grabs my hair, which is pretty short, as well as he can and pulls it toward his mouth. Afterwards my head is pretty well slobbered on. I was talking to him last night and all he kept looking at was my hair. It’s almost like he has some kind of abnormal fascination with it. And it’s not just my hair, it’s pretty much everyone’s, though mine is the softest and perhaps the most satisfying to suck on.

I’ve also started wrestling with him. Just holding him close and growling and rolling from one side to the other and then kissing him all over before rolling back the other direction. He laughs and smiles and closes his eyes as I kiss them.

Sometimes he’s awake in the morning when I leave for work. His mom is -snoring away- sleeping soundly, and he’s just lying there, quiet as can be, bright eyed and bushy tailed, watching my every move intently. By the time I’m finished he’s usually asleep again. Interestingly, watching me get dressed puts his mom right to sleep too.

I love being a dad.

  1. 8 Responses to “Why I Love Being a Dad #245”

  2. I agree, being a Dad is very cool. Wait till he starts walking. Then, look out! It’s amazingly how fast they can move. You’ll think that you are a breed of sheep dog. ;)

    By Rich on Feb 27, 2003

  3. Zack has a thing about hair too. He still grabs handfuls of his mothers hair. It (regretably) never works on me (curse you male-pattern-baldness!) but when he was a baby he would grab a tiny fistful and laugh uproariously when the short hair slid through his fingers and he failed to get a grip.

    Kids are weird.

    By Dean on Feb 28, 2003

  4. Dean -
    Glad you stopped by. I love The Dad Chronicles – I read it daily. You’re right, kids are weird. I think it’s part of their charm.

    Rich – I just wish he would start crawling already. His peers at the church nursery are starting to whisper behind his back.

    By Aaron on Feb 28, 2003

  5. No, I’m not some random wierdo… I’m another EQ-junkie… So, a perfectly acceptable wierdo… *L*

    Heh… If I ever get around to updating my blog and making it something resembling current… Consider yourself linked… Love the site… :)

    By Camdori on Mar 6, 2003

  6. Great site. I have a two year old and one turning one next week. So much for that on the road career. If I had known it was going to be this much fun I would have done it when I was 17 like all my friends did. Cant run quite as fast now.
    The Alyssa(2) and Anna(1) are wearing us completely out. Alyssa’s thing is to climb on me when I’m asleep and hold onto my ears. I wake up to that every morning. Anna just wants to bite us on the chin. We think she’s trying to give us “love”-maybe just hungry. Oh well, little long winded-not many places guys talk about being parents.

    By Wayne on Apr 18, 2003

  7. Thanks for the comment Wayne. You’re right, dads really don’t have a place to go to talk about dadhood. So, what would you think about me installing a Dad’s forum? Would take me probably 10 minutes to get it up and running.

    By Aaron on Apr 19, 2003

  8. Do it.
    I keep thinking I’m the only one that likes this stuff.
    Took to the girls to the zoo today for the first time. Couldn’t get either one of them to ride in the stroller. Carried Anna in one arm and Alyssa on my shoulders for 4 miles. I’ll be crippled for a week. Good fun though. Critters were all cooperative and put on a good show. Alyssa told me we should put an elephant on our farm-a little one for her.

    By Wayne on Apr 19, 2003

  9. I’m sitting here this afternoon and reading your article about how much you love being a DAD. I have to be honest with you when I say that it brought a tear to my eye. I’m soft, I know. It is early May, and our baby is due in December. I’m reading your article imagining in my head how much I am going to love this child that is almost here and I don’t even know his name yet. I can already tell you that ha/she(hopefully he) is going to be the most beautiful thing I have ever laid my eyes upon. But I don’t even know what color their eyes will be.
    I think to myself and imagine just how much fun we are going to have together and I smile. I can’t wait to be in your shoes to see the world from where you stand. And I know that this God-given gift looks up to me.
    I love them already!

    By Chris on May 9, 2003

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